Domaines Dominique PIRONBEAUJOLAIS
Dominique Piron oldest ancestor, Etienne Bailly, was born in 1590 at Morgon, generations succeeded for the last 3 centuries.
When it comes to the Piron family, the profession of winegrower has been passed on from father to son. Starting off with 10 family-owned hectares of Morgon, Dominique Piron has set his own course. The Piron trading company that he established in 1988 to buy grapes in Morgon was a first of its kind in the Beaujolais area – the house of Fessy, followed by Jadot and Duboeuf copied this initiative. Dominique asked the businessman and manager Julien Révillon to join the House of Piron in 2013. This pure native of Beaujolais and 7th-generation winegrower, arrived with 7 ha of vines. He allows Dominique, a pragmatic dreamer, to dedicate more time to the vineyard’s renovation and to the production of resolutely modern wines with character. And of course to continue innovating.
A spirit of innovation
Following the construction of a new storage and bottling cellar in 2014, a winery (stainless steel and cement vats) was inaugurated in 2015 at harvest time, thereby bringing together in the same place, the different sites used today.
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DOMAINES DOMINIQUE PIRON
The Piron entity makes wine from 88 ha of vines (140 parcels), represented by its own estates, leased plots and bought-in grapes, and specializes in the Morgon appellation, including Côte du Py. Among the numerous acquired parcels, 10 ha in Chénas are shared with the Lameloise family and 2 ha in Régnié are shared with a dozen friends, involved in the restaurant industry from Lyon to New York. Member of the International Wine Academy, alongside prestigious vintners from around the world, Dominique Piron, who sells his wines in 30 countries, is always up-to-date about what’s happening in Beaujolais and elsewhere. “Gamay has to be excellent, otherwise it’s nothing,” says Dominique. “Depending upon the soil, it’s a fabulous variety, capable of expressing fruit, elegance and structure, as it is a genuine photocopy of the sub-soil.” For example in Morgon, the old eroded granite and the iron oxide laden schist, feed the appellation’s well-structured, mineral and spicy wines. The area’s vines remain difficult to cultivate and generally require manual intervention. Indeed, around 30% of the fragmented parcels are situated on steep slopes. In addition, the vineyard is characterized by a high plantation density, with extremely low gobelet pruning. The overall approach to vine-growing and winemaking entails a permanent adaptation to the natural elements. As a result, “at the estate, we integrate all of the possible levers promoting biodiversity, including the plantation of grass, flowers, shrubs and bushes to maintain the environment’s fauna and flora.”
Morgon, Brouilly, Chénas, Moulin à Vent, Régnié, Fleurie, Beaujolais blanc, rouge et rosé, Beaujolais-Villages.
Domaines Dominique PIRON
Contacts : Dominique PIRON et Julien REVILLON
Morgon – 69910 Villié-Morgon
Phone : 33 (0)4 74 69 10 20
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